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Old 05-03-2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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Working on our travel plans.

On our way back from Rice we'll be spending a few days in the Grand Canyon. I want to take two days traveling from the Grand Canyon back to the Bay area. Anyone has a suggestion for a stop over at the half way point???
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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There's not much I am interested in between Needles and Mojave.

There are four public and two private campgrounds in Tehachapi which is in the mountain range that defines the west side of the Mojave Desert.

The following websites have some information on the public sites; of these I prefer Tehachapi Mountain Park.

http://www.tehachapi.com/v-rv.php
http://www.indianhillranch.com/
http://www.co.kern.ca.us/parks/tehachapi.asp

Bear Valley Springs has three private campgrounds, but only two are open because Water Canyon is closed until Memorial Day. I can get you a visitor pass if you wish to stay here. I prefer the equestrian center campground without hook ups.

http://www.bvsrealty.com/bvsinfoguide.html



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Working on our travel plans.

On our way back from Rice we'll be spending a few days in the Grand Canyon. I want to take two days traveling from the Grand Canyon back to the Bay area. Anyone has a suggestion for a stop over at the half way point???
My choice would be to turn north at Flagstaff and go through marble Canyon and then on to the [b]North Rim of the Grand Canyon which is to me more viewable than than the south rim. And then on the first day of the drive home I would go through Zion National Park and on to Tonapah (area 51) and see if I could shag a space alien... maybe stay the night in Bishop, CA at the foot of the Sierras and the home of Sheepherders bread. Next day go Through Yosemite National Park to Modesto and home. This would be a good test of your rig as the Tioga pass road is steep and long.

These would both be long days of driving
but I would not pass on the chance.
It beats the heck out of visiting the south rim GC and the having to go home through Barstow and the San Joaquin IMO

[b]Editing per Crystal's input. I was thinking summer travel but she is right...Tioga pass remains closed into June sometimes. Arer you on the road now?
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My choice would be to turn north at Flagstaff and go through marble Canyon and then on to the [b]North Rim of the Grand Canyon which is to me more viewable than than the south rim. And then on the first day of the drive home I would go through Zion National Park and on to Tonapah (area 51) and see if I could shag a space alien... maybe stay the night in Bishop, CA at the foot of the Sierras and the Home Sheepherders bread. Next day go Through Yosemite National Park to Modesto and home. This would be a good test of your rig as the Tioga pass road is steep and long.

These would both be long days of driving
but I would not pass on the chance.
It beats the heck out of visiting the south rim GC and the having to go home through Barstow and the San Joaquin IMO

Ron,

That sounds like great advice (and a good route), but the Tioga Pass may not be open until late May. I would suggest checking the road conditions before heading that way.

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Old 05-03-2009, 11:33 AM   #5
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We've stopped at the Orange Grove a few times. It's just east of Bakersfield on the Hiway 58 to Mojave. May is probably too late for the oranges or the blossoms. The exit is 119 Edison Road, 8 miles east of 99. You can see it from the 58 hiway.

http://www.orangegrovervpark.com
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Working on our travel plans.

On our way back from Rice we'll be spending a few days in the Grand Canyon. I want to take two days traveling from the Grand Canyon back to the Bay area. Anyone has a suggestion for a stop over at the half way point???
Hi - In the Refrigerator Fire thread (this forum) a couple of members mentioned this spot - Cibbets Flat in the Cleveland National Forest, a US Forest Service campground. I haven't been there but plan on checking it out when between San Diego and AZ. Google map it for exact location - May be too far south, though. Why don't you send them a PM for more info.
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Come on up the 10 to Phoenix, and find the 60.. to Show Low.. go left on the 260 and come to the campground I am working at

Arizona High Country Campground

It would be a great stopping point and gives you a fresh start for the canyon the next day... just continue on up to the 40 [at] Holbrook and you are just a couple of hours away from it!

And I get a visitor :-P
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Hey Gina, is that your Burro on the Sites page of the campground ?

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No... that's Nancy As'. She has since sold it.
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We plan to be blowing along I-40 around the 10th on our way to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Hope to see some molded fiberglass along the way!
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There's not much I am interested in between Needles and Mojave.

There are four public and two private campgrounds in Tehachapi which is in the mountain range that defines the west side of the Mojave Desert.

The following websites have some information on the public sites; of these I prefer Tehachapi Mountain Park.

http://www.tehachapi.com/v-rv.php
http://www.indianhillranch.com/
http://www.co.kern.ca.us/parks/tehachapi.asp

Bear Valley Springs has three private campgrounds, but only two are open because Water Canyon is closed until Memorial Day. I can get you a visitor pass if you wish to stay here. I prefer the equestrian center campground without hook ups.

http://www.bvsrealty.com/bvsinfoguide.html
Thank you for all the links. It's very much appreciated. I bookmarked 'Indian Hill Ranch'. Like to see grass and trees when I camp. <g> ..... Indian Hill Ranch is 463 miles from Mather Campground, AZ so that's doable.


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I would go through Zion National Park

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We're planning a trip to Zion for September.

On our return trip we're going to be camping in Mather Campground which is located in the South Rim. I think .... our first trip to the Grand Canyon.

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We plan to be blowing along I-40 around the 10th on our way to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Hope to see some molded fiberglass along the way!
If you can, stop at Bandelier National Monument for a lunch hike in the canyon to see some wonderful cliff dwellings. It is practically "around the corner" from Los Alamos. One hundred years ago I dated a physicist who was working at Los Alamos and I used to hike the snow dusted canyons in the winter while he worked. It was spectacular! Some of the best rolls of film I ever took were at Bandelier. Happy trails!
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Hey Bob,

Bandelier is a great little park. I stopped by there a few years ago and hicked up through the dwellings. I stayed at Hyde SP just outside of Santa Fe.
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